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With its ‘’the University Closest to Business Life’’ motto, Istanbul Okan University aims to bridge education and business world, prepares students to modern business life with equipping them to global world and business life’s informational and ability needs.

In the direction of this goal, the university enables students to work at firms and gain the values such as social, culturel and professional skills as part of its Business Life Program, starting from their freshman year until their graduations. This program contains professional and personal development courses, symposiums, workshops, major certificate programs, introductory of industry and working area, meeting with professionals, real time practices, social, sportive, cultural activities.

Once they complete their undergraduate program, they are not only an university graduate, but also a ‘world citizen’ who is ready to be successful in the global world business life.

You can find the details about this program below. For more information and your questions, we are waiting you at Career Center (Social Center, -1 Floor) and Dean of Students (Social Center, Entrance Floor).

SCOPE of the PROGRAM
BUSINESS and LIFE PROGRAM contains the topics below. The program involves the whole faculty and graduate school students.

Compulsory Courses:

A. Career and life
The course aims; to help students to determine their expectation from university education and this encourages and improves themselves to spend their time more efficient in the process. Starting from the first year of education, these trainings will prepare them to recognize the opportunities in the future and the business life.

B. Prep to Business Life
Prior to the graduation, the course provides you to recognize yourself, the career options, and skills need in business life. At the beginning of your career step, it helps you to know about the dynamics of the business life as a different world.
Hence it helps you to adapt quickly and being prepared.

C. Multidisciplinary Seminars
Students should join and follow up minimum 10 seminars in a semester. This is a obligatory part of the program is applied only one period in four years of education.

Ç. Happy Life
Happy Life, develops students in sporting, artistic and cultural aspects and the courses organized for this purpose. Students must take two courses in the Happy Life activities. In the same period or these two courses can be selected in different periods.

Those activities are Basketball, football, volleyball, table tennis, tennis, Squash, Golf, Swimming, Dance, Music, Drama, Chess, art and Crafts, you attend these classes according to areas of your interest.

80% class attendance is essential, in case of you fail because of absence you have to repeat it. University undergraduate and graduate Regulations provisions reserved. Courses may vary on the basis of the period.

Elective Courses:

D. Social Responsibility
The target of the lectures is to improve students’ abilities beingsensitive to social issues, understand the others and open to compromise. The main topicsare social ethic, social matters, social responsibilities. The applied ide of the course makes students to contribute the projects (such as female unemployment, disabled people, dealing with dead end kids, etc.) to be implemented at the university.

E. Internship (Volunteer) / Part Time Jobs
This part of program helps students to learn business environment and to provide them chance reinforce their theoretic knowledge with practices in the field,from freshman to complete their graduation.

Students are being placed to the companies which are solution partner of university, in a certain process.

Thus, they are having opportunity to experience for the business life by personally living in, and have chance to experience whether those field of business sector matching their expectation.

F. Futurism
Futurism wakes up the power requires to promote starting from today. Being prepared for the future and to provide a way to him, being a good of mankind, can be possible to define by completing some processes. Students who accomplish the course will learn the complexities of the future, structure of the futurism tools, and with the methods and scenario studies to make a broad audience and society, understand the creatures and the Earth truly, get useful information and gain consciousness.

G. Pre-intermediate 1
This course is opened only as part of the “Career and Life” programme and given asynchronous online in its entirety. This pre-intermediate level, university elective course aims to provide new opportunities for the students who have completed the basic level English courses to improve their English in a way that can be considered more interesting and fun. The course contents are within CEFR A2.

H. Pre-intermediate 2
This course is opened only as part of the “Career and Life” programme and given asynchronous online in its entirety. This pre-intermediate level, university elective course aims to provide new opportunities for the students who have completed the basic level English courses to improve their English in a way that can be considered more interesting and fun. The course contents are for CEFR A2 exit.

I. Changing Perceptivity
To find the similarities and differences, reshaping the behavior consistency continuously by means of time and managing the crisis in converting into opportunity, the ability to create and alter the perception continuously are aims to give. And in social environments and in business life, to format against change perception and management of communication in business life also are increased by the course.

J. Philosophy
Philosophy is defined as an area of disciplines and / or special types; what makes it special is the practice of searching for information and wisdom there theoria, that is, the world, the attitude toward understanding the universe, in addition to practicing knowledge and wisdom.
Course content, planning and measurement.
The Philosophy course aims to present specialized and intellectually developed knowledge; this is included in a broad spectrum and the subject of the subject.

K. Business English
This course aims to help students develop their presentation, telephoning and written communication skills. This course will enhance their business related vocabulary and will improve the skills necessary for finding and succeeding in future employment. After completing the course, the students will be able to use business related terminology, write business e mails and make short presentations. They will learn how to participate in job related interviews and meetings.

BUSINESS LIFE IN TURKEY AND CULTURE
While cultures around the world value their individual traditions, beliefs, and norms that make them unique, these courses and the social media help to link people around the world regardless of differences and geographical boundaries. During intercultural adaptation, students have the lectures, to learn about their host countries, the bussines life in the host country, establish and maintain relationships, and join the events in the host country. Increasing the communication and interaction and better understanding the life in Turkey are the key factors and intercultural adaptaion, of the course outcomes.